Enable landed an unprecedented third victory in the Group 1 King George VI And Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in sensational style when romping to a facile success under big race partner Frankie Dettori.
The John Gosden trained six-year-old superstar had been delighting connections since finishing second behind Ghaiyyath on her seasonal reappearance in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown three weeks ago.
Enable, who was sent off a heavily-backed 4/9 favourite and faced just two opponents in Aidan O’Brien’s pair of Japan and Sovereign, never gave her legion of supporters an anxious moment throughout the prestigious 1m 4f contest.
Last year’s shock Irish Derby winner Sovereign set out to make all under William Buick, opening up a big advantage at one stage.
However, rounding the home turn Sovereign began to flounder and looked like a sitting duck as Dettori remained motionless aboard Enable.
The Italian rider even had time to take a long look over his shoulder to see main market rival Japan toiling in behind under Ryan Moore.
When he did allow Enable her head, she quickly strode effortlessly clear to win by five lengths from Sovereign.
I thought that Enable looked as good as ever, for all that the race somewhat fell apart and lacked any real strength in depth.
A clearly overjoyed and somewhat relieved Gosden said : “Her work had been very good leading into this, and she was quite imperious today.
“It’s a pleasure to see when Frankie’s looking round, but if you do it too much you might fall off! She won it very nicely – I think he only gave her one flick.
“As they get older, they get more professional and think once they are two or three lengths clear they can ease up, but you never know if another horse is coming.”
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York next before attempt to win third Arc
Enable is likely to make her next appearance at next month’s Ebor Festival at York, before her bid for more history in Paris in trying to become the first horse ever to win the Arc for a third time.
Gosden said: “York has always been on the agenda – there are two races – the Juddmonte International and Yorkshire Oaks – and we’ll look at both, as we did last year.
“York could be really exciting, with an exceptional Oaks winner in Love heading there as well.”
Dettori, who performed his trademark flying dismount in the winner’s enclosure, and was visibly emotional in fighting back the tears added: ” Quietly I was expecting a good performance, but I wasn’t expecting her to win by five lengths against the likes of Japan.
“I’m very emotional, because I’ve only got her maybe for another two months, so every race is special – and I’m really going to enjoy this one. It’s three King Georges for her, and I’ve joined Lester Piggott with seven wins.”
Enable was immediately cut to 3/1 joint favourite, from 9/2, with Paddy Power for the Arc. She shares the position at the head of the betting with impressive 1000 Guineas and Epson Oaks heroine Love.
She has now won 11-times at Group/Grade 1 level and amassed an incredible £10,692,563 in total prize money – record for European-trained filly or mare – to already make her own of the true legends in the history of flat racing.
Jett and Peregrine run head maximum field for Galway Plate
Jett and Peregrine Run head the weights after a maximum field was declared for the feature race on day three of the Galway Festival on Wednesday, July 29 – the valuable and prestigious Tote Galway Plate.
The 2m 6f handicap represents a drop in class for the Jessica Harrington trained Jett who finished a fine fourth to Delta Work in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown when last seen in action back in February.
Jett faces a tough task under 11st 10lb, the same weight as Peregrine Run who has won 10 of his 20 starts over the larger obstacles.
County Meath handler Gordon Elliott has won three of the last four Galway Plates and is responsible for five of the 22 runners to have made the cut – plus one of the three reserves.
His powerful squad includes ante-post favourite Galvin, a 6/1 shot with 888sport, who finished a fine second to Imperial Aura at this year’s Cheltenham Festival before bolting up by 22 lengths at Killarney last month. He looks potentially well-in at the weights off a mark of 148 and is my idea of the winner.
Elliott’s great rival Willie Mullins also has a formidable hand – with Easy Game, Robin Des Foret, Royal Rendezvous, Cabaret Queen, Livelovelaugh and Blazer giving him six chances to win the race for the first time since Blazing Tempo in 2011.
Easy Game is the shortest in the betting and a top priced 10/1 with William Hill.
Joseph O’Brien has a trio of runners in Us And Them, Mortal and Early Doors. The latter has been heavily-backed and is the general 8/1 third-favourite.